Cordoba and Barcelona set for crucial La Liga showdown

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Top plays bottom in La Liga as Barcelona travel to a Cordoba side that will be relegated if they lose to the Blaugrana.

The game will inevitably be a mis-match of truly epic proportions. To give the ill-informed some idea, all of Barca's front three have scored more goals individually than Cordoba as a team have managed all season long.

If the Catalans play anywhere near approaching the level that they managed against Getafe, then we could be looking at double figures.

Let's take a look at three things that could shape the outcome of this one:

No wins in almost four months

Cordoba looked like relegation candidates from the very start of the season. 

With Albert Ferrer unable to get a win on board until December, the green and whites were always going to struggle massively.

Just two further wins has left Cordoba marooned at the foot of the La Liga table for the majority of the campaign.

So poor have they been that their last win in the league came back in mid-January.

Since then, a return of three draws and 13 losses has all but confirmed a swift return to La Segunda.

Resting the best?

The only possible chink of light, the very tiniest sliver that Cordoba can hold onto is that Barca may employ an en-masse rotation for this one.

Bayern Munich wait in the wings for the Catalans next week and Luis Enrique won't necessarily want to risk injuries to his best exponents.

As such, we could see a much-changed Blaugrana, even if the likelihood is that Barca's second string are still likely to prove more than a match for the hosts.

Same again from Cordoba

Although they lost by 5-0 at Camp Nou earlier in the season, the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggest.

Pedro Rodriquez's second minute opener looked set to open the floodgates, but it wouldn't be until the last 10 minutes that Barca finally put the game to bed.

Cordoba's 4-1-4-1 formation caused Barca a lot of problems on the day with Fede Cartabia particularly to the fore.

The Catalans cannot take their opponents lightly and if frustrations begin to creep in for the visitors, the home side could bag the upset of the season whilst handing the title advantage to Barca's great rivals Real Madrid.

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